Adventure Camp is weekend campout for Cub Scouts and their families at Bovay Scout Ranch. Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos Scouts and their families will enjoy an exciting variety of activities at several program areas. Meals are eaten in the air-conditioned dining hall. A staff member in each area will provide program supplies and support the parents who will be invited to assist in leading the activities.
Conducted at the McNair Cub Scout Adventure Camp area of Bovay Scout Ranch, activities may include: seeking treasure in the lost mine, archeological quest at the dinosaur dig, high speed pedal feat at the BMX bike track, Robin Hood style adventure at the archery range, marksmanship at the BB gun range, action at the Bud Adams sports field, exploring our camp at the nature center, and splashing in the water at the David Weekley Family Water Park (weather permitting).
Enjoy all the wonder and beauty of the central Texas rolling hills and lakes at Bovay Scout Ranch. Conveniently located just 60 minutes from downtown Houston, Bovay Scout Ranch can be found just three miles south of Navasota on the east side of Highway 6 on County Road 317.
Packs, dens and individual families may register as a pack or individually. Pack registration is preferred to keep families together. Dens and families that register individually will be combined with dens and families from other packs. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and sessions fill up fast.
The fee is $40 per person and includes three meals (lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday with vegetarian and turkey patty options), a patch and the Scout’s program supplies. Children under five attend free of charge; please note that the program is designed for Scouts. Scouts must be members of the Boy Scouts of America. A $100 non-refundable deposit for the group secures a spot.
One adult per 15 youth in the pack may attend at no cost. This adult will be asked to volunteer to work as program staff and must attend the 8:00 am leader’s meeting. To ensure your camp reservation, registrations, including all fees, must be submitted thirty days prior. For your convenience, limited quantities of patches, snacks, beverages, and t-shirts are available for sale in the camp trading post, Trader Vics.
Every adult attending Bovay Scout Ranch must follow the policies and procedures and the Guide to Safe Scouting.
Bovay Scout Ranch is looking for dedicated volunteers and paid staff to serve Scouting by working at McNair Cub Scout Adventure Camp throughout the year and Resident Camp during July. The requirements are stiff; the jobs are demanding; the experience is exhilarating. For applications, contact Geno Aguilar.
Frequently Asked Questions About McNair Adventure Camp
- How are refunds handled?
- See the refund policy.
- Are vegetarian meals available?
- Yes. Please contact Geno Aguilar at 713-756-3304 to place your request 30 days prior to your camping date.
- What are the leadership requirements?
Leadership: Each registered group must provide a minimum of two-deep leadership and adequate supervision. Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings. There must be a registered female adult leader 21 years of age or over in every unit serving females. A registered female adult leader 21 years of age or over must be present for any activity involving female youth. Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age- and program-appropriate supervision must always be provided. (use the latest version of Youth Protection and Adult Leadership; Youth Protection and Barriers to Abuse FAQs)
Adventure camping: Lions and Tigers (with an adult partner) can participate in council-organized family camping or resident camping. In special circumstances, a Cub Scout (Wolf, Bear, Webelos Scout) whose parent or legal guardian is not able to attend an overnight camping trip may participate under the supervision of another registered adult member of the BSA who is a parent of a Cub Scout who is also attending. The unit leader and a parent or legal guardian must agree to the arrangement, and all Youth Protection policies apply. At no time may another adult accept responsibility for more than one additional “non-family member” youth. (official Source)
The most recent updates to BSA's Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed and all Scouting activities be conducted in a safe and prudent manner including using the Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities.
- What health form do I need to bring to Adventure Camp?
- A copy of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A and B) must be turned in for every participant.
- What do the fees include?
- The fee for Adventure Camp is $40 per person and includes three meals (lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday), patch, and Scout’s program supplies. Children under five attend free of charge; please note that the program is designed for Scouts. Scouts must be members of the Boy Scouts of America.
One adult per 15 youth in the pack may attend at no cost. This adult will be asked to volunteer to work as program staff and must attend the 8:00 a.m. leader’s meeting.
- What are the check-in procedures?
Campers may check-in between 3:00 - 10:00 p.m. on Friday evening or between 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. The dining hall will be closed for Saturday breakfast so please plan accordingly. Programs begin on Saturday at 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. and run until 5:00 p.m. Campers will be served lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast Sunday morning.
The designated leader will check-in at the registration office in the administration building (approximately one mile past the main gate on the left) and register the unit or group. Registration lines can be a long on busy weekends so please be patient. To facilitate a quicker registration process, please be sure to have all of the mandatory paperwork:
- Camp roster, two copies
- Youth Protection Training, copy of certificate for every adult
- BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events), current copy for every participant, two copies alphabetized in an envelope or notebook (one to keep in campsite and one to turn in during registration)
- Hazardous Weather Training, copy of certificate for one adult in the group (taken online within past years)
- Camp registration confirmation (printed receipt)
When registration is complete, the staff will assign campsites and campers may then proceed to their campsite. All Bovay campsites have a pavilion with multiple picnic tables and a red fire water bucket. Distribute wristbands to all youth and adults. All persons onsite must wear their designated wristbands at all times. Wristband colors determine which rotation schedule the Scout should follow. Please follow the specified rotation schedule as the program is designed for a specific number of youth at each outpost.
- What are the departure procedures?
Departure is after breakfast on Sunday. Camp closes at 11:00 am. On the morning of departure, the campmaster will drop off cleaning supplies at the restrooms. Follow the written instructions for cleaning assigned showers and restrooms. Scouts should conduct a “police line” where Scouts stand within arm’s length of each other and walk the entire campsite picking up all trash. The campmaster will inspect each campsite to make sure the campsite, restrooms, showers, and pavilions are undamaged and clean, and that all gear and trash is removed. After passing inspection, proceed to the administration building to sign out and pick up paperwork.
- What is the schedule?
- Tentative Schedule:
Check-in at administration building, camp set-up, dinner on own, pack free time between 3:00 – 10:00 pm
Leader's meetings in Safari Room at 8:00 pm
Late check-in at administration building, camp set-up, breakfast on own from 7:00-9:00 am
Lunch in dining hall
Dinner in dining hall
Pack free time in campsites
Breakfast in dining hall
Camp breakdown / Check-out
Camp closed at 11:00 am
Note: You will receive the final rotation schedule at check-in. Schedules vary based on camp attendance.
- What do we need to bring to Adventure Camp?
Bring: Tent; sleeping bag, sheets, or blanket and pillow; cot or air mattress; toiletries (e.g., shampoo, toothbrush, deodorant); water bottle; towel and washcloth; sunscreen; insect repellent; swimsuit; clothes appropriate for weather; rain gear, extra clothes; Scout uniform (determined by pack); closed toed shoes (tennis shoes) and extra pair; flashlight with fresh batteries; personal medication; first aid kit, one per registered group; BSA Annual Health and Medical Form, Part A & B; required for every participant; Small trash bags for restrooms; 55-gallon trash bags for campsite; Camper Release Form, for Scouts whose parents are not attending camp. All items should be marked with the name and unit number.
Optional: Alarm clock; battery-operated lantern; bicycle and bike helmet; book of faith; camera; camp chair; Cub Scout handbook; fishing gear; glow sticks (great to keep track of your kids at night and to play games); lockable footlocker; money for trading post; shower shoes; snacks (do not keep in tent); sports drinks or flavor packets for water (to help keep Scouts hydrated); sunglasses
Adults also need to bring a copy for camp:
1. Youth Protection Training, copy of certificate for every adult;
2. Hazardous Weather Training, copy of certificate for one adult in the unit (taken online within past years);
3. Roster, one for unit
What NOT to bring to camp: Alcohol, electronics/game equipment, firearms, guns and ammunition, illegal drugs, liquid fuel lanterns or stoves, pets, scooters, skates, skateboards, valuables
- Where can I find the policies and procedures?
- Every adult attending Bovay Scout Ranch must be familiar with the complete leader’s guide (see the link to the leader's guide in the Resources section above), Camp Policies and Procedures and the Guide to Safe Scouting.